Tarun Tejpal, Editor Of Indian News Magazine Tehelka ‘Atones’ For Sexual Assault By Stepping Down For Six Months- Twitter Reacts

Tarun Tejpal, editor of India’s renowned weekly news magazine Tehelka was accused by a female journalist in his magazine of "grave sexual misconduct."

Tarun Tejpal, the editor of India’s renowned weekly news magazine Tehelka, was accused by a female journalist in his magazine of "grave sexual misconduct" and his response was to step down from his post for six months.

He calls it his ‘penance.’

In an e-mail sent to the magazine's Managing Editor, Mr Tejpal wrote: “I have already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further."

 "I feel atonement cannot be just words. I must do the penance that lacerates me. I am therefore offering to recues myself from the editorship of Tehelka, and from the Tehelka office, for the next six months."



Here is the reply to the mail from Shoma Chaudhry, the Managing editor of Tehelka:


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Not everyone agrees to his definition of ‘penance’ however, and he is getting a lot of flak in response to his apology.

This tweet probably sums it:

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Such reports show that India is an unsafe place for women, whether they are assaulted by hoodlums or maligned by the police, politicians and lawyers - who dump the blame on the victims instead of playing a positive role - or allegedly harassed by educated, high ranking people like Tarun Tejpal. 

Having said that, there's no way of determining the real facts, which will only be known to a few - the rest is speculation and reaction. 

However, there has to be a sterner way to deal with such a situation. The alleged perpetrator may have accepted his actions and stepped down for six months, but we hope there is at least an internal investigation of the matter and some sort of 'penance' accordingly.

What Mr. Tejpal did could just be faltered decision making, a slippery moment or sheer bad luck, but in any case, it was wrong and should be dealt with as such.

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It is indeed sad that in a land that that reveres and prays to goddesses like Durga, Kali and Lakshmi, women and their honor are not safe. Sadder still is that the culprit in this case is not your average street thug, but someone as respected as Tejpal, who has almost three decades of journalism under his belt.

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